Dell PowerVault Review

Entry level storage array. Has limited scalability - perhaps below 100 server environments.


What is most valuable?

Extending volume sizes.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows on demand without disruption to growing the size of a volume which then in turn allows a system to see more disk capacity previously this required downtime and had to be schedule out of hours.

What needs improvement?

Better monitoring / event logs and firmware upgrade process.

For how long have I used the solution?

2 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No the San was fairly easy to install and the documentation is good.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Only once when the storage array seem to be very slow and caused VMware Hosts to not see the volumes.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not yet, as this was for a small virtualisation environment of 20 servers and 100 desktops.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Very good general Dell Storage support is very responsive.

Technical Support:

Technical knowledge was good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

EMC AX3, due to high hardware and maintenance costs Dell was selected.

How was the initial setup?

Was easy to setup.

What about the implementation team?

Vendor team, Ultima Business Solutions.

What was our ROI?

1 year.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Setup cost was £30k hard to determine day to day costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell EqualLogic was reviewed but deemed too expensive for the use case.

What other advice do I have?

Understand that this is a entry level storage array and has limited scalability perhaps below 100 server environments.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're a Dell partner
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